Here's a short news-piece on the stuff that's left behind by people when they lose their foreclosed homes, stuff that ends up in landfills because charity trucks can't get there fast enough to haul it away. It's an enormous amount of waste, but I understand the perspective of the foreclosed, who are moving to uncertain places and have to apply lifeboat rules to the stuff they take, since it's all a liability (space in a truck, space in a rented storage, space in a neighbor or family-member's home) until it lands somewhere permanent.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.